BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Winners of three in a row and coming off a three-game sweep of VMI over the weekend, the WKU baseball team will hit the road to take on the University of Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday for a pair of mid-week games in Knoxville, Tenn.
WKU head coach Matt Myers will face off against his alma mater for the second time as the head coach at WKU, falling to the Volunteers 8-7 in extra-innings in 2012. Myers was a standout pitcher for the Volunteers from 1996-97, finishing with a winning percentage of .765, which ranked as high as fifth all-time in Tennessee history.
Myers and the Hilltoppers will be looking for their first win in Knoxville in three tries, as WKU has gone a perfect 3-0 against Tennessee in Bowling Green, but have gone 0-3 in games played in Knoxville. WKU has won at least one game against a Southeastern Conference opponent in four of the last five years, with 2012 being the only year during that span when the Hilltoppers did not defeat a team from the SEC. WKU will play Tennessee and Kentucky twice in 2013, with one game against Kentucky at Bowling Green Ballpark.
WKU will be looking to get above .500 for the first time since the 2011 season, which was also the last time WKU had won four games in a row. The Hilltoppers enter weekly play with 144 strikeouts on the year, and have struck out 11 or more batters 10 different times in 2013, which has already surpassed the team’s total from the entire 2012 season.
The Hilltoppers will send left-handed pitcher Austin Clay (2-0, 2,76 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday, which will be his first start of the 2013 season. Clay currently ranks third on the Hilltopper pitching staff in innings pitched, serving as a long reliever in 2013.
After the two mid-week games in Knoxville, WKU will return home for a three-game conference series against Middle Tennessee beginning on Friday at 6:00 PM (CT). WKU took two of three from the Blue Raiders in Bowling Green last season, helping the Hilltoppers secure a berth in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Tickets for the Middle Tennessee series, along with tickets for all remaining home games can be ordered online at WKUSports.com. Fans can also visit the WKU Ticket Office in E.A. Diddle Arena, or call 1-800-5 BIG RED.